By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
A busy week of games for the Knights baseball team got wiped out by inclimate weather. The Knights played just two games in the span of one week; both on Mondays.
The Knights took on the Rogers Royals in a road game on April 14. Andrew Winans recorded three hits and drove in a run, but STMA could not close out Rogers. Jaylen Hakes and Jack Kelly drove in the other runs for the Knights, who lost 7-3.
The Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first before Rogers tied it at 1-1 in the second inning. It remained that way until the fourth inning, when the Royals scored four runs to take the lead. Rogers added two more in the fifth inning and held on for the win.
Ryan Cisewski went 4 2/3 innings in the loss, giving up six earned runs.
After a week of canceled games and time spent inside, the Knights returned outside in a big way with a 13-1 victory over Sauk Rapids/Rice.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Knights got going and put up four runs, starting with an RBI single from Jaylen Hakes, who went 4-4 with five RBI on the afternoon. Jake Bloomstrand came through with a two run double to make it 3-0.
“Everything fell on the barrel of the bat today, it was a good day at the plate,” Hakes said.
SRR committed five errors on the day, including a wild pickoff throw with the bases loaded to score Chris Kartes from third base to conclude the scoring in the first inning. STMA scored another four runs in the second inning and three in the third to build an 11-0 lead.
STMA got a solid start out of Brandon Rankila in the rout. He walked in the first inning to help his own cause. The Knights tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Rankila had a 1-2-3 fifth inning to win the game.
Head coach Paul Schumm said the Knights played well despite having been inside all week.
“Hitting is definitely contagious. We get up in that first inning, we get a couple guys that hit some ropes and all of a sudden, everyone has all the confidence in the world that they can hit.”
The Knights had another busy week with games against Cambridge-Isanti and Chisago Lakes. They play against Princeton on Friday.